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General Mills Annie’s Mac & Cheese Class Action Lawsuit – Dangerous Chemical Phthalate Found…

Class Action Lawsuit Claims General Mills Product Contain Harmful Chemicals

The multinational food manufacturer, General Mills, was charged with a class action lawsuit alleging that their product contains dangerous chemicals to the health.

The Class Action Lawsuit

Shelby Franklin, the lead plaintiff, filed the class action lawsuit against General Mills at a New York federal court in April 2021.

The class action lawsuit asserts that Annie’s Mac and Cheese, one of the products manufactured by General Mills, have chemicals that can cause significant health risks when consumed.

The lead plaintiff claims the mac and cheese product contains phthalates, a chemical known to have harmful health effects when ingested. 

She adds that the company has intentionally deceived its customers by not informing them of its risks and dangerous ingredients.

The class action lawsuit seeks to certify a nationwide class of consumers who have incurred damages from purchasing and consuming the products.

Phthalates

Phthalates are chemicals that are often used to soften plastic and make them durable. 

The class action lawsuit declares that experts have associated the chemical with causing multiple health issues, including asthma, attention deficiency, breast cancer, obesity, and diabetes.

The chemical also allegedly impacts or causes autism, behavioral issues, low IQ, and fertility issues.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website states that there is no significant evidence of how exposure to low levels of the chemical can affect a human’s health.

The class action lawsuit attests that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet set any standard of acceptable phthalates in food products. 

Despite this, the lead plaintiff contends that Annie’s mac and cheese products have been tested to found phthalates. 

The results revealed that the level of phthalates found is below the European Food Safety Authority’s standard.

Plaintiff Allegations

The lead plaintiff attests that the phthalates found in Annie’s brand of mac and cheese are harmful to its consumers. However, it is riskier if children or pregnant women consume it.

She contends that 23 products under Annie’s mac and cheese brand have dangerous chemicals, which allegedly includes products marketed as organic.

The lead plaintiff argues that General Mills marketed the products as safe and healthy to target health-conscious consumers willing to pay a higher price for the products’ health benefits. 

However, she adds that these products are not safe since they contain harmful chemicals. 

She also states that the products that were marketed as organic are mislabeled since, aside from containing chemicals, they also have artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.

The complainant contends that products advertised as organic should not contain dangerous ingredients. 

She declares that the company knows that their product has phthalates since their website and public reports state it.

However, General Mills did not correctly include the ingredient in the products’ label. 

They also did not take note of its effects in a way that regular consumers will understand.

The lead plaintiff believes that the company has violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and the New York General Business Law.

Editor’s Note on Annie’s Mac & Cheese Class Action Lawsuit:

This article is published to inform you of the latest class action lawsuit filed against General Mills due to their product’s alleged harmful content.

Case Name & No.: Franklin et al., v. General Mills Inc., 2:21-cv-01781, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Products/Services: Annie’s mac and cheese

Allegations: The product allegedly contains harmful chemicals that have significant health risks. 

Status: Pending

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